The City of Lakeport in beautiful Lake County is located in the heart of Northern California’s wine country just north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Lakeport is located along the west shore of Clear Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in California. Clear Lake is 68 square miles, offering premier boating and fishing experience. There is no shortage of other fun activities: hiking, biking, antiquing, off roading, camping, bird watching, excellent restaurants, breweries, and wine tasting are some of the local activities. With over 30 wineries and 9,000+ acres of vineyards Lake County is one of the fastest growing winemaking regions in America.
Lakeport is located at 39.0430° N, 122.9158° W at an elevation of 1,355 feet above sea level.
Lakeport is a full-service, general law city under the council manager form of government. The City is led by a five-member City Council, elected at-large which provide policy direction to Lakeport’s City Manager.
Lakeport is an incorporated city and county seat of Lake County. In the California State Legislature, Lakeport is in the 2nd Senate District, represented by Democrat Mike McGuire, and in the 4th Assembly District, represented by Democrat Cecilia Aguiar-Curry. Federally, Lakeport is in California's 5th congressional district, represented by Democrat Mike Thompson.
- 2.7 square miles within City Limits
- 5,134 Residents (2018 estimate)
- $43,588 Median Household Income
- 2,518 Housing Units
There were 2,395 housing units at an average density of 748.8 per square mile (289.1/km²), of which 1,198 (59.8%) were owner-occupied, and 804 (40.2%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 5.1%; the rental vacancy rate was 8.4%. 2,661 people (56.0% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 1,955 people (41.1%) lived in rental housing units.
The 2010 United States Census reported that Lakeport had a population of 4,753. The population density was 1,486.0 people per square mile (573.8/km²). The 2018 population estimate from the California Department of Finance is 5,134.
The 2010 Census reported that 4,616 people (97.1% of the population) lived in households, 11 (0.2%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 126 (2.7%) were institutionalized.
There were 2,002 households, out of which 563 (28.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 803 (40.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 260 (13.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 110 (5.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 177 (8.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 16 (0.8%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 665 households (33.2%) were made up of individuals and 328 (16.4%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31. There were 1,173 families (58.6% of all households); the average family size was 2.93.
The population was spread out with 1,031 people (21.7%) under the age of 18, 352 people (7.4%) aged 18 to 24, 1,033 people (21.7%) aged 25 to 44, 1,384 people (29.1%) aged 45 to 64, and 953 people (20.1%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44.2 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.8 males.
The racial makeup of Lakeport was 3,932 (82.7%) White, 46 (1.0%) African American, 147 (3.1%) Native American, 99 (2.1%) Asian, 5 (0.1%) Pacific Islander, 337 (7.1%) from other races, and 187 (3.9%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 799 persons (16.8%).
Lakeport, as well as all of the Clear Lake area, has hot, mostly dry summers and cool, wet winters. Its climate can be classified as hot-summer Mediterranean climate according to the Köppen climate classification system.
- The average January temperatures are a maximum of 53.4 °F (11.9 °C) and a minimum of 31.5 °F (−0.3 °C).
- The average July temperatures are a maximum of 94.4 °F (34.7 °C) and a minimum of 53.0 °F (11.7 °C).
- There are an average of 77.5 days with highs of 90 °F (32 °C) or higher
- There average of 75.5 days with lows of 32 °F (0 °C).
- The record high temperature was 112 °F (44 °C) on August 10, 1971, and September 13, 1972.
- The record low temperature was 9 °F (−13 °C) on December 9, 1972.
- Average annual precipitation is 28.36 inches (72.0 cm).
- Average of 66 days with measurable precipitation.
- The wettest year was 1973 with 44.50 inches (113.0 cm).
- The driest year was 2013.
- The most precipitation in one month was 19.62 inches (49.8 cm) in February 1986.
- The most precipitation in 24 hours was 5.43 inches (13.8 cm) on December 10, 1937.
- Snow is relatively rare in Lakeport, but common in the surrounding mountains.
- Average annual snowfall is 1.0 inch (2.5 cm).
- The most snow in one month was 15.0 inches (38 cm) in January 1937.